Let Nevadans Vote Coalition Statement in Support of Secretary of State, Attorney General in Washoe County Vote Certification - Institute for a Progressive Nevada
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Let Nevadans Vote Coalition Statement in Support of Secretary of State, Attorney General in Washoe County Vote Certification

Let Nevadans Vote Coalition Statement in Support of Secretary of State, Attorney General in Washoe County Vote Certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2024

Carson City, NV – Today, the Let Nevadans Vote Coalition released the following statements supporting Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar and Attorney General Aaron Ford in their petition to the Nevada Supreme Court to compel the Washoe County Commission to certify the results of the primary election recount.

Emily Persaud-Zamora, Executive Director of Silver State Voices, issued the following statement: 

“The Let Nevadans Vote Coalition stands firmly behind Secretary of State Aguilar and Attorney General Ford for taking steps to safeguard our elections and ensure that the voters of Washoe County will not have their democratic process held hostage by election denialism on the county commission. 

At Silver State Voices, we do everything we can to ensure every Nevadan can cast their vote and have confidence that their vote will be counted. By filing this petition, the Secretary of State and Attorney General are supporting that mission and ensuring that the voters of Washoe County will have their voices heard.”

Athar Haseebullah, ACLU of Nevada Executive Director, issued the following statement: 

“We are grateful to Secretary of State Aguilar and Attorney General Ford for taking steps to protect our democracy in the face of more election denialism. 

Our systems aren’t perfect nor is our state, but as long as there are folks out there who will continue to fight for democracy, attempts by fringe conservatives to destroy democracy won’t be successful. This legal action is beyond necessary.”

Kerry Durmick, Nevada State Director at All Voting is Local Nevada, issued the following statement: 

“Accountability for voters is our top priority. What happened yesterday was an attack against voters and an attempt to undermine our democracy. We must always do right by voters and accept the will of the people. Commissioners Herman, Clark, and Andriola had a legal obligation to fulfill at yesterday’s canvassing hearing, but they chose not to do so. Due to their actions, Washoe County now faces legal action filed by Attorney General Ford with the Nevada Supreme Court on behalf of Secretary Aguliar. It’s unfortunate that this has to happen, but voters deserve to have their voices heard and their votes respected. We’re thankful that Attorney General Ford and Secretary of State Aguliar took swift action to restore trust in the systems and processes we have in place that ensure every voice is heard.”

Amber Falgout, Communications Director of the Institute for a Progressive Nevada, issued the following statement: 

“We stand in full support of Secretary of State, Cisco Aguilar and Attorney General Aaron Ford as they pursue actions to address three Washoe County Commissioners refusing to certify the primary recount results. The refusal to certify election results is a clear demonstration of further election denial and an effort to spread division. Nevada’s elections are safe and secure. Having lived in Northern Nevada all of my life, it is truly disheartening to see this type of obstruction from certain Washoe County Commissioners. Voters should have their voices heard. Voting is a right and something that allows all of us to have a say in the policies and laws that govern our communities. We hope that the results will be certified and voters will have their voices heard.” 

Laura Martin, Executive Director at the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada:

“We are thankful to have a Secretary of State and Attorney General willing to use the full power of their office to defend our votes. It is unconscionable that the Washoe County Commission would play the kind of partisan games that only serve to disenfranchise and disillusion voters. Since PLAN’s founding, we’ve worked to remove boundaries that prevent otherwise eligible voters from participating in our elections. That includes holding accountable election deniers and conspiracy theorists. We are proud to be members of the Let Nevadans Vote coalition, and through this coalition, we will continue to protect our votes.” 

Spokespeople in Spanish or English are available for individual interviews.

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About Let Nevadans Vote: Let Nevadans Vote is a nonpartisan coalition of community organizations that are dedicated to ensuring fair and equitable elections through advocacy, community outreach, and voter education for all.